WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers split Sunday afternoons double-header against the Whitman Blues. Whitman won the first game 4-3 and the Pios won the second game 3-2. After this weekend the Pioneers are now 5-15 in conference play and a total of 14 home runs.
In the first game, Whitman was the first to score at the bottom of the second and third inning going up 2-0. Their first run was brought in from a scrifice bunt and the second run by a sacrifice fly.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth and fifth inning.
Lewis & Clark's Sean Shepherd then tied the game at 2-2, at the top of the sixth, after a 2 RBI home run to left field which brought home Matt Donovan. This was his seventh home run of the season and 14th career home run.
Whitman then scored two more runs at the bottom of the seventh inning going up 4-2 after a hit by T. Lewis tripled to right center field.
At the top of the eigth, Shepherd answered back for the Pioneers after hitting an RBI single up the middle to bring home Jacob Serafini and making the score 4-3. Whitman would then go scoreless at the bottom of the eigth giving the Pios a chance to win or tie the game in the ninth but they were unable to do so.
Nick Kennison pitched in all eight innings for the Pios allowing eight hits and getting one strikeout.
In the second game, the first five innings were quiet for both teams as neither of them were able to bring in any runs.
The sixth inning is when things got started. Lewis & Clark brought in three runs at the top of the sixth, the first off of a third base error by Whitman. Shepherd stole second base and Donovan stole third base which lead to the error at third and allowed Donovan to score unearned. Max Gordon then used that momentum to hit a home run to left center field to bring home Shepherd making the score 3-0.
Whitman answered back at the bottom of the sixth with one run after A. Behrman grounded out which brought in J. Zimmer. The Blues also scored at the bottom of the seventh after a Pioneer error in right field that lead to B. Williams scoring unearned.
The Pioneers then held on to win the game.
Lewis & Clark plays tomorrow April 9th at Whitman at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.